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Complimentary Virtual Event

July 15, 2021 | 11:45 AM - 2:45 PM ET

Food Safety Hazards Series:

Salmonella Detection, Mitigation, Control & Regulation

The CDC estimates that nearly 1.35 million people fall ill and 420 people die annually as a result of non-typhoidal Salmonella. Food is determined to be the main source of illness in these cases. During this virtual event, experts will discuss challenges and tangible best practices in Salmonella detection, mitigation and control, along with critical issues that the food industry faces with regards to the pathogen.

Learning Objectives:

  • The journey and progress of petition to USDA on reforming and modernizing poultry inspections to reduce the incidence of Salmonella and Campylobacter
  • Salmonella detection, mitigation and control
  • A case study on Salmonella and crisis management

Who Should Attend:

  • Quality assurance/quality control
  • Sanitation
  • Risk manager
  • Food safety compliance
  • Food laboratory
  • Regulatory


11:45 am - 11:50 pm -  Welcome and Introductions
Maria Fontanazza, Editor-in-Chief, Food Safety Tech 

11:50 am - 12:35 pm - Get with the Program: Modernization of Poultry Inspections in the United States (Panel Discussion)
Mitzi Baum, CEO, STOP Foodborne Illness
Other Panelists TBA

12:35 pm - 12:50 pm - TechTalk sponsored by Meritech
Will Eaton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Meritech

12:50 pm - 1:35 pm - Detect, Deter, Destroy! A Discussion on Salmonella Detection, Mitigation and Control
Elise Forward, President and Principal Consultant, Forward Food Solutions
Other Speakers TBA

1:35 pm -1:50 pm - Sponsored TechTalk

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm - A Case Study
Rob Mommsen, Senior Director, Global Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Sabra Dipping Company

2:20 pm - 2:35 pm - Sponsored TechTalk

2:35 pm - 2:45 pm - Wrap Up Discussion


Mitzi Baum
Mitzi Baum
STOP Foodborne Illness

Mitzi Baum began her role as CEO of Stop Foodborne Illness in May 2019. As CEO, Mitzi is responsible for leading and growing the organization to expand its impact of preventing foodborne illness in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining Stop, she spent 23 years at Feeding America leading their food safety advocacy work, developing programs, and assisting people affected by food insecurity. Mitzi lives in Chicago with her husband, 10-year-old daughter, and their dog. When she’s not working, Mitzi enjoys coaching her daughter’s softball team, Crossfit, yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

Elise Forward

Elise Forward
President & Principal Consultant
Forward Food Solutions

Elise Forward is the President and Principal Consultant of Forward Food Solutions, which specializes in helping companies with their FSVP programs.  She is one of those rare people that LOVE supply chain work!  Forward Food Solutions also is happy to assist food manufacturers, distributors, and importers in updating and strengthening their food safety and quality systems.  Elise’s uses her production, distribution, and supply chain experience to help companies in both the international and domestic markets.  She is a member of IAFP, ASQ, IFT, and MWFPA.


Bob Mommsen

Rob Mommsen
Sr. Director, Global Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Sabra Dipping Company

Rob Mommsen joined Sabra in 2010, left in 2013, and came back in late 2016 as the Sr. Director of Global Quality and Food Safety.

He is a food manufacturing executive with international, multi-facility experience in shelf-stable, frozen, refrigerated, and Ready-to-Eat/Ready-to-Heat food and alcoholic beverage products including meat, dairy, vegetable, fruit, and grain based main courses, sides, snacks, sauces, dips, condiments, syrups, wine, and beer packaged in glass, cans, and rigid and flexible plastic.

Rob has over 40 years of hands-on know-how in quality assurance, food safety, regulatory compliance, thermal processing, process engineering, product development, continuous improvement, and R&D with food manufacturing firms that include Sara Lee, Hillshire Farms, and Baxters Food Group.  He has a proven record of building high performance teams and leading successful start-ups and turnarounds.  Rob drives operational excellence and margin expansion in the most challenging cultures through organizational development, innovation, and sustainable improvement of Key Performance Indicators.

Will Eaton

Will Eaton
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Will Eaton, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Meritech is an accomplished leader with a proven history of success in growing market share for small to medium-sized businesses. During his two years at Meritech he has transformed the go to market strategy and structure of the sales team which resulted in tremendous growth for the company.  Prior to Meritech, he was the Vice President of National Accounts at Checkers Safety Group, which Justrite Safety Group acquired in January 2018, Eaton quickly and consistently surpassed sales goals while completing and integrating nine acquisitions in just 15 months. The company achieved 19% growth in 2017 — 6% above the average growth trend for the industry. Prior to joining corporate America, Will served as a Captain in the Marine Corps and was one of the founding members of Marine Special Operation Command.

Scott Braddus

Maria Fontanazza
Food Safety Tech

Maria has more than a decade of experience in journalism, marketing, and communications within the publishing, conferences and medical device industry. She has authored more than 250 articles that have appeared in domestic and international industry publications and has moderated educational sessions and panel discussions at industry events. Maria joins Innovative Publishing from Secant Medical, Inc., where she was the Marketing Communications Manager and Market Research Manager. Maria has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in New Media and Visual Design, and a Minor in Fine Arts, from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT.

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